Men's Golf Earns Bid to NCAA West Regional

May 10, 2004

TUCSON, Ariz. - The University of Arizona men's golf team was one of 27 teams selected to participate in the 2004 NCAA West Regional, the NCAA announced Monday. It is the 16th consecutive regional appearance for the Wildcats.

Arizona was seeded third in a field of 27 teams for the regional, which takes place May 20-22 at the Crosswater Club at Sunriver Resort in Sunriver, Ore. Also included in the field are (seed): UCLA (1), Arizona State (2), USC (4), Brigham Young (5), California (6), UNLV (7), Washington (8), New Mexico (9), Pepperdine (10), Colorado State (11), Toledo (12), Texas-El Paso (13), Central Florida (14), San Diego State (15), Stanford (16), North Carolina-Wilmington (17), Furman (18), Denver (19), New Mexico State (20), California-Riverside (21), California-Irvine (22), Coastal Carolina (23), Long Beach State (24), Louisiana-Monroe (25), Loyola of Maryland (26) and Wright State (27). Six individuals are also included in the 141-man field.

'It will be interesting,' said UA head coach Rick LaRose. 'The weather could be a factor. We're staying out west and that's good. We're playing well right now so we'll take our chances.'

It marks Arizona's 18th consecutive NCAA postseason appearance and the program's 16th straight appearance in the NCAA Regional. Since the NCAA adopted the regional format in 1989, Arizona is one of only six schools nationally to appear in every NCAA Regional.

Currently ranked No. 6 in the current Precept/GCAA Coaches Poll, Arizona has won four of seven tournaments this spring. It marks the second year in a row that the Wildcats have won four events in a single season.

The Wildcats most recently won the 2004 Pacific-10 Conference Championships on April 28, its first league title since 1991. All told, Arizona has finished first or second in all seven events this spring.

The top 10 teams and two individuals from each of three NCAA Regionals qualify for the 2004 NCAA Men's Golf Championships, which are scheduled for June 1-4 at The Homestead Resort's Cascades Golf Course in Hot Springs, Va.

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